11 episodes

The Wild Mother Podcast is for women who want to birth, mother and live with pleasure, purpose and power. Join me, Dr. Jessica Hodgens, for evidence-based and soul-centred conversations with guest experts and real mamas just like you. The intelligence of Mother Nature is our guide as we dive deep into the subjects of physiologic birth, natural parenting, and conscious mothering.

The Wild Mother Podcast Jessica Hodgens

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

The Wild Mother Podcast is for women who want to birth, mother and live with pleasure, purpose and power. Join me, Dr. Jessica Hodgens, for evidence-based and soul-centred conversations with guest experts and real mamas just like you. The intelligence of Mother Nature is our guide as we dive deep into the subjects of physiologic birth, natural parenting, and conscious mothering.

    Tara's birth story: Alchemising pain and remembering that we are nature, with Tara Bliss

    Tara's birth story: Alchemising pain and remembering that we are nature, with Tara Bliss

    In today’s episode, I have the great privilege of speaking with the divine Tara Bliss, as she shares the story of her pregnancy journey, and the birth of her little boy. This is a story about motherhood, sacrifice, loss, love and beauty. What an honour it is to bear witness to this medicine woman, and to listen to the gift of her story.

    Tara Bliss is a mother, a leader and creator of communities, and a curator of experiences. She is here to elevate women devoted to nature and their own true nature.

    In this episode, we talk about:


    Tara’s journey into motherhood, her experience of hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) and early pregnancy loss, and her experience of alchemising sacrifice and grief into healing and beauty.
    And the precious story of the birth of Tara’s son nine months ago.

    There is medicine in this episode for absolutely everyone who has the privilege to listen to Tara’s words and story. I cannot wait for you to hear it.

    If you enjoy today's episode, mamas, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from hearing incredible conversations like this one today. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot and sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!



    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

    Join me for my FREE live masterclass, “Reclaiming the Sacred Blueprint for Birth”



    CONNECT WITH TARA:

    On Instagram @tara_bliss

    On her website www.tarabliss.com.au

    Through her program, Rebels of Light





    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx



    Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.com





    Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.

    Cover image by Briony Goodsell.

    I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Herbalism, birth rights and faith, with Julie Bell

    Herbalism, birth rights and faith, with Julie Bell

    Today, I’m in conversation with mother, doula, herbalist and activist, Julie Bell. Julie is the heart behind Blissful Herbs, and if you’re a homebirthing mama in Australia, chances are you already know exactly who Julie is, and you’ve probably even got a Blissful Herbs tea or tincture sitting in your cupboard somewhere. If you haven’t come across Julie and her beautiful work yet, then you’re in for a real treat in today’s episode!

    We talk about:


    Julie’s childhood experience of trauma and disruption, and how this experience led her on a path towards, and shaped her work as, a herbalist and doula.
    The wisdom and kindness of plants, and how so many plants offer support and healing especially to women and women’s needs.
    The history of misogyny and racism that continues to undermine women’s birthing choices, and how women will always intuitively come back to birthing our babies at home, in safety.
    The importance of sharing candid stories and images of birth, as well as other aspects of the experience of being a woman, and how Julie’s refusal to accept Instagram’s “community standards” led to her account being penalised.
    The relationship between spirituality and motherhood, and the role that Julie’s Christian faith plays in her life, her work, and her service in the world.
    And so much more.

    If you enjoy today's episode, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from these conversations. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot and sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:


    Join me for my FREE live masterclass, “Reclaiming the Sacred Blueprint for Birth”


    Women who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola Estes 

    Midwives, Witches and Nurses: A History of Women Healers, by Barbara Ehrenreich & Deirdre English

    The Flexner Report, 1910 



    CONNECT WITH JULIE
    On Instagram 

    On Facebook

    At Blissful Herbs

    At her blog about birth, ‘The Melbourne Doula’

    At her blog about Christianity and faith, ‘It is for Freedom’



    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx

    Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.com



    Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.

    Cover image by Briony Goodsell.

    I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Shamanic dimensions of pregnancy + birth as a rite of passage, with Jane Hardwicke Collings

    Shamanic dimensions of pregnancy + birth as a rite of passage, with Jane Hardwicke Collings

    Today’s episode is with a woman whose work & wisdom has quite literally changed my life. It’s my absolute privilege today to bring to you one of my great teachers, Jane Hardwicke Collings.

    Jane is a grandmother, former homebirth midwife for 30 years, a teacher, writer & menstrual educator. She gives workshops on mother and daughter preparation for menstruation, the spiritual practice of menstruation, and the sacred dimensions of pregnancy, birth & menopause. Jane founded and runs The School of Shamanic Womancraft, an international Women’s Mysteries School.

    If you haven’t come across Jane before, brace yourself mama, because today’s episode is EPIC. If you do know Jane and her work, you’re in for a real treat here because in this episode we don’t just skim the surface of her work, we dive really deep into her ideas and thinking & we get into all the meaty details.

    We talk about:


    The shamanic dimensions of pregnancy and how the things that show up in our lives & bodies during pregnancy are information to support us to transform into a new version ourselves and to become “the mother our babies come for”
    How we have the birth we need to teach us what we need to learn about ourselves to take us to the next place on our journey, and how the quality that we need to learn about ourselves in how we birth our babies, is the quality we need to bring to mothering them.
    How to learn from and begin healing from a traumatic birth - the questions Jane offers to ask yourself are life changing.
    The difference between midwifery and obstetric care and how the single most impactful decision a woman will make that will influence her birth outcome is who her primary carer will be & her place of birth.
    How we can prepare for birth before we’re even pregnant, through healing trauma stored in the body, opening to a relationship with our spirit baby, connecting with our menstrual cycle, looking into our previous experiences of rites of passage, unhooking from the medical model of birth, and bringing consciousness to our fears.

    If you enjoy today's episode, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from these conversations. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot and sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!

     

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

    Grab your copy of my free guide, 'The Four Things you Actually Need to Know to Prepare for a Physiologic ("Natural") Birth'

    Jane’s incredible book, ‘Ten Moons: The Inner Journey of Pregnancy’ 

     

    CONNECT WITH JANE

    On Instagram@janehardwickecollings

    Through one of Jane’s online courses including Pregnancy: The Inner Journey & Snake Medicine: Healing Menstrual Shame

    Book a private session with Jane

    Study with the School of Shamanic Womancraft

    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx

    Find me on Instagram at@drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Dropping back into our bodies and connecting with our inner wisdom, with Rachel Hodgens

    Dropping back into our bodies and connecting with our inner wisdom, with Rachel Hodgens

    Today’s episode is about something I’ve come to see as one of THE most important influences on a woman’s experience of birth and motherhood. I’m talking about connecting with our inner wisdom, living IN our bodies (instead of in our heads), and claiming our personal sovereignty.

    And I couldn’t think of a more perfect guest to talk about today’s topic, than my very own sister, Rachel Hodgens.

    As well as being one of my best friends, Rachel is a feminine embodiment mentor, and host of the Weaving the Wild podcast. Her work as a feminine embodiment mentor is all about reclaiming and remembering the wildish wisdom that lies deep within our bones. From honouring our cyclical rhythm and dropping back into our bodies, embracing our intuitive nature and anchoring mind, body and soul through simple, practical earth, moon and womb practices and rituals.

    In today’s episode, Rachel and I talk about:


    ‘The feminine’ - what that term means, and how it’s something to be embodied and experienced rather than intellectually understood,
    Simple tools and practices to help you come back into your body, connect with your intuition, and align with the cyclical wisdom of the natural world,
    How the state of your nervous system influences your ability to hear your body’s wisdom and your intuition,
    And so much more.

    Whenever I work with mamas preparing for birth and motherhood, the very first place I start is with your relationship to your body and your inner knowing. Because everything else - understanding physiologic birth and navigating the maternity system and so on - is all important to know, but it’s your connectedness to your body and your inner wisdom and your personal truth that will guide you through all the rest.

    Which is why I’m so excited to share this conversation with you, mamas, because Rach is so wise and relatable, and she has a way of making everything feel simple and doable.

    If you enjoy today's episode, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from these conversations. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot and sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

    Grab your copy of my free guide, 'The Four Things you Actually Need to Know to Prepare for a Physiologic ("Natural") Birth'



    CONNECT WITH RACHEL

    On Instagram: @rachel.hodgens

    On her podcast, Weaving the Wild

    Join Rachel for a one off Soul-Led 1:1 Session

    Work with Rachel in her 3 month Wild Heart 1:1 Journey - places opening up again in September 2021





    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx

    Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.com



    Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.

    Cover image by Briony Goodsell.

    I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Birth Outside the System, with Dr. Melanie Jackson

    Birth Outside the System, with Dr. Melanie Jackson

    This is the second half of my conversation with the incredible Dr. Melanie Jackson. In this episode, Mel and I talk about her research into why women choose to birth outside the system.

    We get pretty raw and real in this conversation. We talk about:


    Mel’s research into why women choose to birth outside the system (hint: it ISN’T because they’re reckless risk-takers - quite the opposite actually!)
    What this choice tells us about the state of maternity services and the prevalence of obstetric violence
    And what we as women, as consumers of maternity services, can do to support homebirth midwifery (because despite it being the gold standard, this model of care is only available to a small percentage of women, and is increasingly under threat).

    If you missed last week’s episode, don’t forget to go back and have a listen because in the first half of our conversation, Mel and I covered everything you need to know about how to have a homebirth.

    Melanie Jackson has been a privately practicing midwife, and providing homebirth services, for 13 years since 2009. Alongside her work as a midwife, she completed her PhD, called "Birth Outside the System", in 2015, and she has held positions in midwifery research, midwifery lecturing and National Policy development at the Australian College of Midwives. She’s an absolute gift to women, families and birth workers, and it’s my privilege to have her on the show.

    If you enjoy today's episode, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from these conversations. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot and sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

    Grab your copy of my free guide, 'The Four Things you Actually Need to Know to Prepare for a Physiologic ("Natural") Birth'

    Homebirth Australia

    Homebirth NSW

    CONNECT WITH MELANIE

    At her website, www.melaniethemidwife.com

    On Instagram @melaniethemidwife

    On her YouTube channel, Melanie The Midwife

    “Transformative Birth Work”, Melanie’s online course for pregnant women and birth workers

    Launching into private practice mentorship.

    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx

    Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.com

    Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.

    Cover image by Briony Goodsell.

    I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

    • 41 min
    Homebirth 101: What it’s like to birth at home with a private midwife, with Dr Melanie Jackson

    Homebirth 101: What it’s like to birth at home with a private midwife, with Dr Melanie Jackson

    If you’ve ever toyed with the idea of having a homebirth but you’ve wondered 1) where on earth to begin and 2) what it’s really like to birth at home with the support of a privately practicing midwife, then this is the episode for you!

    I recently had the privilege of speaking with the wonderful Dr. Melanie Jackson, who you might know better, from her brilliant Instagram & Youtube channels, as Melanie the Midwife.

    She has been a privately practicing midwife, & providing homebirth services, for 13 years since 2009. Alongside her work as a midwife, she completed her PhD, called "Birth Outside the System", in 2015, and she has held positions in midwifery research, midwifery lecturing & National Policy development at the Australian College of Midwives. She also runs a brilliant Youtube channel where she breaks down research relevant to pregnancy & birth, amongst many other incredible offerings. Safe to say, Mel is an absolute gift to women, families & birth workers, and it’s my privilege to have her on the show.

    Today, Mel & I cover everything you need to know about how to have a homebirth. We talk about:


    how to find a homebirth midwife
    what it’s like having your own private midwife during your pregnancy
    what happens during the birth (and yes, we also cover what happens if you need to transfer into hospital)
    and what it’s like to have your own midwife on call for you after your baby is born, to support you during the early postpartum period.



    If you enjoy today's episode, it would mean the world to me if you left me a review over on iTunes, because that helps to get this podcast in front of other wild mamas who could also benefit from these conversations. You can also share this podcast with other mamas by simply taking a screenshot & sharing it on Instagram, and don’t forget to tag me at @drjessicahodgens!

    RESOURCES MENTIONED IN TODAY'S EPISODE:

    Grab your copy of my free guide, 'The Four Things you Actually Need to Know to Prepare for a Physiologic ("Natural") Birth'

    Spiritual midwifery, by Ina May Gaskin

    Homebirth Group Australia, Facebook Page

    CONNECT WITH MELANIE

    At her website, www.melaniethemidwife.com

    On Instagram@melaniethemidwife

    On her YouTube channel, Melanie The Midwife

    “Transformative Birth Work”, Melanie’s online course for pregnant women and birth workers

    Launching into private practice mentorship

    Until next time - stay wild, mamas!

    Jess xx

    Find me on Instagram at @drjessicahodgens

    www.jessicahodgens.com

    Intro and outro music: "Bloom", from the album The Jasmani Garden by Deya Dova, with the kind permission of the artist.



    Cover image by Briony Goodsell. 

    I'm living and mothering on the unceded Country of Dharawal people, and I gratefully acknowledge their ongoing work - and the work of indigenous people everywhere - in the service of thriving life on earth.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

sc0rpiomama ,

magic in its purest form!

I stumbled across Dr Hodgens on Instagram by pure chance, downloaded her physiologic birth guide and immediately knew I’d struck gold. But nothing could prepare me for this podcast. Each episode provides a few more strands of golden thread for the listener to follow deep into the catacombs of ancient wisdom, leading us ever closer through the darkness to the inherent truths of the untamed feminine that are every woman’s birthright. The recent episode with Jane Hardwicke Collins was the most mind blowing blessing, and helped me to finally begin a process of reconciliation with the traumatic pregnancy I experienced 3 years ago. Beautifully hosted with compelling guests - I’m so excited for more to come!

TsunamiArmy ,

Definitely one to subscribe to!

I've consciously avoided being influenced by others as a FTM, instead choosing to mother my baby intuitively - for me this has meant breastfeeding, co-sleeping, baby wearing, gentleness and responsiveness. I absolutely love the detail Jessica goes into in this podcast, putting evidence and science behind the luscious hormone-fuelled high I get from mothering this way. Looking forward to many more episodes!

georginaamy ,

Beautiful

Beautifully presented podcast backed with evidence. Such important topics too! Looking forward to the future podcasts.

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